Peatlands Research

The British Ecological Society's Peatlands Research Special Interest Group

Contact

Secretary:  Ian Rotherham or Peatlands@BritishEcologicalSociety.org
Deputy Secretary: Sarah Edwards
Publicity Officer: Rachael Maskill
Events and publications details: Christine Handley
Social media: Twitter

 

Background

Peat and peatlands are critically significant in climate change and environmental resilience to change. Not only reservoirs of tremendous significance for their biodiversity, peatlands are important as storage sinks for global carbon and water. Peatlands are also important sites for understanding human and environmental history. From pollen and insects that tell the story of long-term environmental change, to bog bodies and bog ‘oaks’; peat palaeo-ecological records preserved in peat profiles hold information on past times and events.

The Peatlands Special Interest Group emerged from the former Mires Research Group. Acting as a hub for a wide range of external partners and collaborators, the group helps to disseminate skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for all aspects of peatlands, including their conservation and restoration.

 

Aims

  • Forum for exchange of information between ecologists, conservationists, land managers, policy makers, and others interested in peat and peatlands landscapes
  • Foster and promote understanding of all aspects of peatland environments and ecology worldwide and to promote their conservation;
  • Disseminate essential skills and knowledge, through meetings, workshops, field visits, and social media, as well as collaborating with other societies and interested individuals.

 

Current / Future Meetings

What Capability Brown did for Ecology: the legacy for biodiversity, landscapes, and nature conservation, June 2016

Date: Friday 15 June – Sunday 17 June
Location; Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

 

Raptors, Uplands & Peatlands – Conservation, Land Management and Issues, September 2016

Date: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 2016
Location: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

Committee

With members from across the world, the group has an informal committee and works closely with the UK branch of the International Peat Society.

Rachael Maskil  Moor
Kieran Sheehan
Simon Caporn
Olivia Bragg